Berdia Natsvlishvili

Berdia Natsvlishvili

Work History

Work History
2010 - Present

Country Director

PH International

Work with local staff to ensure effective implementation of USAID funded Civic Education and Teacher Training program, US Department of State funded Georgian Legal Socialization Program and US Embassy funded English Language Access Mircoscholarship Program in Georgia. Direct oversight of applied learning component under the Civic Education and and Teacher Training program and Social Media School component under the Georgian Legal Socialization program. Work with local and international organizations and donor community on developing new initiatives and programming for Georgia office.

2005 - 2010

Program Director, USAID Community Connections Program

PH International

Design, development, and implementation of international professional exchange training programs valuing USD 3 Million for 2005-2010, as part of the FORECAST I (Focus on Results: Enhancing Capacity Across Sectors in Transition) subcontract; direct oversight of national recruiting process of program participants, including program presentations, consultations, pre-screening of applications, forming and arranging reading and interview committees, facilitating participant selection process and conducting pre-departure orientations; overseeing follow-on activities of returning program alumni and contributing their active participation in their communities though applied knowledge; building partnerships and coalitions to ensure optimum program success between PH International offices and USAID, project partners, international and local NGOs, US Embassy in Georgia, host government officials, media, and the general public; management, training, and development of program and admin permanent staff; direct oversight and development of program budget and all program deliverables; financial management and monitoring for compliance with organizational and OMB guidelines; responsible for J-1 Visa processing and TraiNet monitoring for all participants, ensuring compliance with ADS 252 and 253; Reporting and evaluation of all program activities.

2003 - 2005

Deputy Program Director, U.S. Department of State’s Community Connections Program

PH International

Work with Country/Program Director on all stages of program administration and budget management; overseeing overall Community Connections program, including traveling to the target communities in the regions of Georgia to carry out program advertisement, promotion, and recruitment process. Conducted program consultations, presentations, press-conferences, media interviews, program and pre-departure orientations; designed and managed program alumni follow-on component, including arrangement of annual mini-grants competitions for program alumni and supporting in usage of U.S. applied knowledge in their organizations and communities, providing professional development and networking opportunities for them nationwide; managed program development in areas including website development, newsletter, alumni directory and other promotional publications; work with Public Affairs Section at US Embassy in Georgia and ECA, US Department of State staff to facilitate the program information exchange; In charge of closing up the program under the ECA, US Department of State in Georgia; international development team member involved in designing the new concept of the Community Connections subcontract proposal for the FORECAST I (Focus on Results: Enhancing Capacity Across Sectors in Transition) for the USAID EGAT/ED IQC Contract funding.

2000 - 2003

Program Coordinator, U.S. Department of State’s Community Connections Program

PH Internnational

Collaborated with Program Director on all stages of program participant recruitment and selection process; collected data on all contacts, candidates, program participants and alternates for entry into the program database; maintained regular communications with confirmed program participants; organized post-program, follow-on and other alumni activities; assisted program staff in preparing program quarterly newsletter; responsible for development program promotional materials, including brochures, pres kit and posters, managed production of program alumni directory; provided administrative support for the program, translating documents.

1998 - 2000

Assistant to the Project Director

Caucasian Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD)

Assisted Director of the EU funded and IWPR / CIPDD implemented Trans Caucasian Human Rights, Media Training and Information Project in its overall implementation including organizing trainings and conferences for journalists of Caucasus countries; publishing quarterly Russian language regional Journal “Media Caucasia” on media, human rights problems and ongoing political events in Caucasus region; arranging small grants competitions and awarding winner Georgian journalists for investigative newspaper articles.

1996 - 1998

Head of Public Relations Department

United Nations of Youth

Design, implementation and evaluation of internal and external PR strategies for the organization, targeting on having regular two way communications with donor communities and partners nationwide and attracting new member – volunteers for the organization; As a Board of Directors Member responsible for strategic projects development direction aiming in creating creative youth projects and events in Georgia; contact person and spokesman for the organization in mass media.

Education

Education

Skills

Skills

Consultant / Trainer

Open Society Georgia Foundation Education Decentralization and Management Development Project Tbilisi, Georgia, January 2000 – December 2000   Trained, assisted and consulted administration, teachers and parents of selected pilot schools of Tbilisi in the creation of new school charter and school strategy; trained abovementioned groups and students in school election procedures which made possible for pilot schools in Tbilisi to have new school charter designed by all parties, along with the school strategy and action plans and with elected board of trustees and pedagogic councils.

Public Relations and Advocacy Expert

United Nations Development Programme, Gender and Politics Project Tbilisi, Georgia 2005 - 2009   Design, coordinating and evaluating PR and advocacy strategy of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and Government of Georgia funded and the Parliament of Georgia and UNDP implemented four year $ 1.138.142  project; During 4 years developed and implemented innovative media communication & education campaigns; produced written materials for the mass media; elaborated concepts for booklets, posters, flit cards, newsletters, newspaper inserts, press releases and photos; prepared scenarios of documentary films, PSA’s, other TV & Radio clips and TV talk shows about the gender equality concepts, and the importance of women’s participation in decision making; organization of meetings, workshops, seminars, regional events, photo & performing art exhibitions,  video installations and conferences;  communicated to journalists/broadcasters, in writing and face to face, to achieve excellent coverage for the project; developed and maintained local and key source media lists and contacts; created and managed regular update of project’s website; major highlight was establishment of Annual Gender Week in Georgia with established annual events: award ceremony for the best gender media sensitive report and article; award ceremony for the best gender equal business companies in Georgia and civil society EXPO working on gender and women’s issues are among them.